Unexplained Happenings at America’s Most Haunted Hotel

When Marty and Elise Roenigk purchased the Crescent Hotel in 1997, they inherited a confused association with the paranormal and what seemed to be a hundred years worth of ghost stories. At that time, years before the TAPS Team of the popular SyFy Network’s Ghost Hunters program paid a visit to this Historic Hotel of America, many hotel owners might have hesitated to publicize the fact that their establishment was haunted, but the Roegniks were interested and decided to take a different approach.

That path was to restore the hotel as a destination spa resort but also purs442b0ee4afc877c2f630c55ed542b041ue what many had claimed: the 1886 Crescent Hotel was America’s Most Haunted Hotel. A key part of that early pursuit included Mr. Roenigk pursuing and hiring two certified mediums, Ken Fugate and Carroll Heath, both of San Francisco CA natives, to “read” the building. Their findings, plus the startling number of repeated sightings that had been recorded over the decades, became the basis of what has become the nightly Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour. It is only now, however, that one of the most compelling discoveries from that initial reading has become ever so clear.

Jack Moyer, hotel general manager for the Roenigk Era, recounted, “I clearly remember Carroll Heath stating that he had discovered a portal to ‘the other side’ for those who are on the same ‘frequency’.” Moyer, a skeptic at the time, laughed and continued, “I remember asking myself ‘what were we thinking’ trying to explore this unexplained world. But after more than a decade of working around the paranormal, I now assuredly recognize how many people truly connect to the spirits here at the Crescent. And there is a new and specific reason why.”

Moyer’s reason is the fact that after 18 years he has been confronted with the realm of a chilling coincidence that caused the original portal discovery to resurface. It started with dialogue involving Moyer and current hotel ghost tour manager Keith Scales.americas most haunted hotel

“Keith came to me to share a concern about a phenomenon that had been reoccurring on his nightly tours,” Moyer explained. “That phenomenon included multiple guests who had grown faint, with a few passing out briefly, at the same tour stop with no reasonable explanation. Then Scales described the location and it was the area that had been indentified as a portal more than a decade ago by Heath.”

“Scales then took me to the place and pinpointed the portal phenomenon as happening just outside the hotel’s ‘annex’ entrance, exactly where Heath had identified the location of his portal years ago,” Moyer disclosed.

This phenomenon has guests suddenly turning pale, falling against and then sliding down the wall in a faint. Although the loss of consciousness does not last very long and complete recovery is immediate, it tends to further substantiate the hotel’s legendary supernatural connection to the paranormal.

Moyer went on to say, “What made that moment most chilling was when Keith and I realized that this portal was directly above the ‘morgue’ located in the bottom level of the hotel.”

Now in its seventeenth year, the ghost tour of the 1886 Crescent Hotel continues to increase in popularity. Paranormal evidence in the form of personal experiences, orb sightings and other anomalous photography keeps coming in, oftentimes on the tours themselves lending credence to the ghostly legend.

“That legend continues to grow as yet another phenomenon is recognized, one that occurs crescent hotel morguewith uncanny frequency about every couple of weeks or so,” Scales added. “What makes it legendary is that seems to rise up in a vertical plane from the notorious Norman Baker’s morgue.” (It should be noted that Norman Baker from Muscatine IA purchased the hotel in 1937 and operated it as a “cancer curing” hospital until late 1939 when he was arrested for mail fraud.)

Scales was quick to point out the Crescent Hotel is super-cautious about accepting events as supernatural. He stated that 95 percent of reported paranormal phenomena can be explained by normal means but there is always a residue, maybe five percent of experiences, that defy explanation, “We don’t know why some people have a tendency to faint at this particular place, we only know that they do at the place where activity of various kinds has been reported over decades.   ”

Both Moyer and Scales agree that the most curious fact is that this event has never been known to occur anywhere else on the tour except at this one, specific location, a location that sits directly above the infamous morgue.

“Whether there are portals to other realities here at the 1886 Crescent Hotel or not, no one can say, confirm, nor deny,” Moyer concluded. “It’s all part of the mysterious, unexplained happenings of America’s Most Haunted Hotel.”

Other paranormal encounters and photographed images may be found at AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com.

Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend

SOLD OUT

We apologize but due to popular demand this event is now Sold Out.  Crescent ghost tours for the general public will still be open during these weekends.

Eureka Springs  Paranormal Weekend invites your to join us in another 3 Day Paranormal Event January 9, 10, 11 2015.  The ESP event will again feature an expertly guided behind the scenes quest for evidence in the famed Crescent Hotel but will also include a one-of-a-kind investigation of its sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, which will be fully closed off and dark exclusively for event participants.

This three-day, hands on investigation puts tools of the paranormal investigator in your hands as well as an introduction to ghost hunting , tour of the property on the ghost tour and unheard of 24 hour access to “active space” including rooms 218, 419, and THE MORGUE at America’s Most Haunted Hotel.

Lodging Packages

2 Night ESP Package

1 Night ESP Package

Stayover Sunday for just $89  at the Crescent Hotel for the private investigation at the Basin Park Hotel.    The Basin Park Hotel will be fully closed off and dark exclusively for event participants only.  Call 877-342-9766 to Stayover Sunday at the Crescent.

 

We have capped attendance (and reluctantly had to turn some folks away) to keep the group sizes down to reasonable proportions. And we have extended the hours of access to active areas to include the entire night.

Late Friday and Saturday evenings, veteran Paranormal Investigator Larry Flaxman will guide small group investigations. When they conclude, the rest of the night is yours to independently investigate known active areas.

And on Sunday night Larry will be conducting a guided investigation of the sister hotel to the Crescent, the historic Basin Park – which will be closed and entirely empty for the occasion!

Ghost tours, a ghost play, Ozark tales of ghosts and the supernatural, personal ESP evaluation and the ever-popular Psychomanteum (this year constructed at the highest point in the Ozarks – the notorious Norman Baker’s penthouse suite, 502), van tours of Eureka Springs – all this and plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with others of similar interests to your own – plus T-shirts!

If we were not able to accommodate you in 2015, please stay in touch and maybe we can be persuaded to run ESP for two weekends next year…

ESP weekend – a Eureka Springs tradition.


Halloween Night-Dr. Baker’s Experiments

1886 Crescent Hotel Becomes More “Intriguing” On Halloween Night

 

As if the 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa wasn’t intriguing enough on Halloween, Sean-Paul and Juliane Fay, the headliners of Intrigue Theater, will return for the third consecutive year to this historic hotel’s Crystal Ballroom on October 31.  The 2-hour performance begins at 10:00 p.m. with seating at 9:30 p.m.
            This special performance opens with nationally acclaimed illusionist Sean-Paul opening his antiquarian doctor’s bag and sharing some of the newest mysteries from Intrigue Theater.  This will be followed by Juliane Fay, a medium of highly respected repute, who will call upon the energies of the spirits said to be residing in the hotel during a séance.  Randomly selected members of the audience will be invited to the stage and a seat at the séance table to assist in reaching back to and communicating with “those who have crossed over”.
            Intrigue Theater has created a new segment based on the disturbing accounts of  Norman Baker performing autopsies in the Morgue. Sean-Paul will extract tumors from an audience member with his bare hands using only Hypnosis  to eliminate the sense of pain.  This will be a one time performance to offer glimpse into what might have happened in the basement of the Crescent during its days as a Cancer Hospital.  It will only be performed on HALLOWEEN NIGHT – at the Haunted Crescent Hotel.
           This a once-a-year performance has completely sold out by early October in years past, so those interested in attending should secure tickets early.  It is an adjunct to the numerous Crescent Hotel ghost tours that will be conducted day and night on Halloween.

 

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Read “Haunting Ghost Experiences Revealed” by the Ghost Tour Guides, click here.

The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America.  The hotel is located at 75 Prospect Avenue on Eureka Springs’ Historic Loop.

Haunting Ghost Experiences Revealed

Every night of the year, dozens of different people wind their way down the hallways and open, serpentine staircases of the five-story 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa, “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”.  Final destination: the hotel’s  “morgue”.  They just know they are strolling amidst what some would say are hundreds of spirits who still frequent this Historic Hotel of America located here atop Crescent Mountain.  Each tour patron is eager to see something, feel something, smell something that they would categorize as a ghostlike experience enabling them to share that close encounter with their world.  However, several of those strolling along those same paranormal chGhostBldg_circa1890pathways have been there before, every night of the year.  These are the stalwart souls known as the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour Guides.

“From smelling mysterious pipe tobacco to seeing an orb entering a boy’s skull, our (ghost tour) guides are exposed nightly to the hotel’s ‘guests who check out but never leave’,” said Keith Scales, director of the hotel’s ghost tour department.  “With that said, each has not only a unique ‘nom de guide’ but a special supernatural experience of their own to tell.  It is their raison d’être for being a tour guide in this world-famous haunted hotel.”

Aunt Reba had always admired the Crescent since moving to Eureka Springs and had her first unexplainable happening while exploring the hotel as a tourist.  The smell of cherry pipe tobacco got her attention when she reached the second floor.  She did not find out until two years later during her training to be a guide that her earlier encounter with that tobacco essence had probably emanated from one of the Crescent’s more illustrious spirits, the hotel’s in-house doctor circa late nineteenth century.  Dr. John Freemont Ellis, whose office was in what is now Room 212, was known for being a heavy pipe smoker of cherry tobacco.

Since then she says that she has detected “that charming aroma” occasionally, both while alone and while leading a ghost tour.  The most bizarre sensing, she explained, came during a recent tour of 24 people,  “We all simultaneously experienced that olfactory sensation for well over a minute.  And let it be understood that our entire hotel is a ‘no smoking’ property and has been for years.”

Duchess Debra, who gives tours and performs in a two-person paranormal play, Not Really A Door, at the hotel on Friday and Saturday nights, was on stage with her co-star during a recent performance.  One scene in the play has the two actors delivering the line “Ghost!” simultaneously.  At that exact point in time, four books used as props on a shelf went flying out toward the audience “as if someone -or something- had tossed them like a Frisbee”.  The books hit no one; however, the unpredictable, unexplainable occurrence got everyone’s attention.

Sweet Lady Sandra had one woman excitedly announce during a tour that she “clearly saw” and “emphatically heard” a man with a buzz-cut hairstyle say the words, “What about my treatment?”  Two others on that same tour said they saw in their peripheral vision a blurred figure of a man go by in that same vicinity at that same moment.

Miss Katherine was standing at the very bottom of the hotel’s open staircase with her tour group pausing before they entered the zigzagging trail to the morgue.  While all were standing still, Katherine experienced a chill causing her to “grow goose bumps” and then momentarily she found it hard to breathe.  The two ladies standing next to her turned pale and quickly asked, “Did anyone feel that?  It’s the little girl.  She is here.  I can feel her!”  They were referring to the story of the little girl that reportedly fell to her death from the fourth floor railing sometime during the early years of hotel operations.  Where she supposedly landed was the exact spot where the tour group was standing during the literal chilling experience.

To add to this story, one man said, “Oh, my.  Look at this photo!”, a photo he had just taken prior to the ladies’ verbal declaration.  He passed his camera around and clearly everyone could see a foggy mist in the shape of a little girl standing right next to the three women.  Unfortunately he did not submit the image to the hotel’s paranormal website AmericasMostHauntedHotel.com as he said he would and as many do when they capture an apparition on a digital device.

Major Tom had a man and wife on a recent tour that had differing attitudes about the plausibility of the paranormal.  She believed in the phenomena; he did not.  The husband said nothing during the entire tour, giving off negative body language throughout.  This was about to change.

As part of the tours’ conclusion in the morgue the lights are turned off.  Guests, standing next to the autopsy table and the walk-in cooler that once stored cadavers and body parts during the cancer “curing” hospital days of the building, are encouraged to take digital photos to see if they could catch the image of an orb, the “energy essence of a ghost”.  While Major Tom’s back was turned, a frightful scream was heard and all witnessed the skeptic running out of the morgue.  The lights were quickly turned back on and the ashen gentleman was invited back into the room whereupon he meekly confessed he had seen an orb with his naked eye as it flew between his face and his camera.  Result: the non-believer had become a believer and his wife had a great story to tell friends and family once they got back home.

Willow also had a strange morgue experience.  Each guide carries an EMF (electromagnetic field) meter during the tour to detect any electrical emissions that might be given out by a nearby spirit.  Reacting to one lady saying she sensed that this one certain spot on the morgue’s floor was energy filled, Willow laid her meter down on that spot.  As the entire tour witnessed, the meter went crazy beeping and flashing.  To follow up, Willow asked, “If there is indeed a spirit in this room, please make the meter slow down.”  It slowed down immediately.  After moments of heartbeat-like pulses, the spirit was asked to speed the meter back up; it did for a few more moments then went dormant.

But perhaps the most macabre-lite morgue story happened during one of Marshal John Law’s spooky sojourns through the hotel.  At the very end of the tour, after the lights come up in the morgue, the guide usually asks if anyone would like to enter the morgue’s infamous walk-in cooler and have the door shut behind them leaving them in total darkness.  Only two brave souls stepped up, a mother with a video camera and her 12-year-old son with a look of cautious zeal on his face.  They stepped into the space that had housed hundreds of dead bodies and innumerable severed body parts during the hotel’s hospital days and the door was closed behind them.  After about thirty seconds the door was opened and the boy, looking ill, staggered out from the cooler with his mother saying, “Please, move.  My son is getting sick.”

The lad plopped into one of the two chairs always kept near the entrance of the morgue for just such occurrences since ever so often someone will feel faint or ill from their time spent in a room where time had ended for so many during the three years a charlatan killed rather than cured unsuspecting cancer patients.  Once the mother was assured her son was okay and with the whole tour group watching, she announced, “You have to see this!”  At which time she played the video she had captured in the closed, darkened cooler.

The video showed an occasional glint of colored light coming from a dot high over her son’s head illuminating his face just enough for brief recognition.  One such dot did not fade like the others but began swinging back and forth.  As this light did begin to fade, a larger, brighter, white light, “as bright as a camera flash”, appeared and continued to glow just above her son’s head.  It slowly descended and disappeared as if it were entering his head only to suddenly reappear seemingly escaping from the boy’s skull just a nanosecond before the door opened allowing the boy to make his quick and queasy exit.

“Something as bizarre as these stories does not happen every night on every tour,” Scales concluded, “but sometimes they do happen.  It is this unknown factor and these documented accounts that have made the ghost tours here in our mountaintop spa resort so popular.  That is why believers and non-believers alike can enjoy and co-exist on our tours.  Some come to find proof, some come to debunk, but all come to have fun.  And that’s what the Crescent Hotel ghost tours are all about.”

 

Ghost Hunt in January

AMATEUR GHOST HUNTERS GATHER IN EUREKA SPRINGS

At last count, there are currently 49 regularly scheduled television shows being broadcast each week across the country that deal with ghosts and/or the paranor1235963_766501886712789_1509974153_nmal.  As good as these shows may be, to the ghost devotee sitting at home and watching, this is passive, second-hand paranormal investigation at best.  However, the weekend of January 3-5, 2014, ghost hunting becomes active, first-hand and personal here at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa during the annual ESP Weekend.

ESP (Eureka Springs Paranormal) Weekend returns to the Crescent for the third consecutive year allowing those “everyday citizens” who have hunted or would love to hunt for ghosts and pursue those entities in a place they have seen often on television.  This year, the ESP event will again feature an expertly-guided, behind-the-scenes quest for evidence in “America’s Most Haunted Hotel” but will also include a one-of-a-kind investigation of its sister hotel, the 1905 Basin Park Hotel, a very “active” location with unique stories of its own.ch & bph

“With the inclusion of the Basin Park Hotel into our investigation, it will make ESP Weekend one of the largest ghost hunts in the country,” said Keith Scales, director of Crescent Hotel Ghost Tours.  “This huge, history-making, three-day, hands-on investigation puts the tools of a paranormal investigator into the hands of our participants but is only part of this much anticipated weekend.

“We are also including an introduction to ghost hunting and training at nearbyIntrigue Theater, an up-close look at the Crescent Hotel during a special ghost tour, and unprecedented 970377_644400075594942_660437743_n24-hour access to known highly-active spaces such as rooms 218, 419, 3500 and ‘the morgue’.”

One of the most popular aspects of the past two ESP weekends was the expert assistance and advice from renowned professional paranormal investigator Larry Flaxman.  This year Flaxman will be leading the ghost hunt in both the Crescent on Saturday night and the add-on Basin Park investigation on Sunday night.

“The Basin Park Hotel hunt should prove to be the most hair-raising ghost hunt Larry (Flaxman) has ever led,” added Scales.  “Hotel management is not allowing any overnight guests at the Basin Park on that Sunday night.  There will no guests, no staff, and no electricity.  The hotel will be closed, vacant and dark to generate the best possible setting for close encounters of the ghostly kind.”

The full ESP Weekend Experience includes a welcome reception, an Intrigue Theater production plus ghost hunter training, a ghost tour, a Crescent ghost hunt led by Flaxman, an “all access pass” for 24-hour unfettered access of the entire hotel, room accommodations for two nights, in-house food credits, gifts and more, plus the opportunity to add on the Stay-over Sunday which features the history-making “closed, vacant and dark” Sunday night exclusive ghost hunt and investigation of the 1905 Basin Park Hotel also led by Larry Flaxman.

For more information and reservations for the 2014 Eureka Springs’ Paranormal (ESP) Weekend, one may go to americasmosthauntedhotel.com or check availability on packages here:

2 Night ESP Weekend Package, click here.

1 Night ESP Weekend Package, click here.